Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Syrian Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos syriacus)

Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) – Least Concern

Population size: 14 000 – 25 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

Almost ubiquitous distribution, except in the middle and high parts of the mountains and some fully forested hilly and foothill areas.

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Breeding distribution 2013 – 2020 – The distribution and the estimation of the population size of the species for the period 2013 – 2020 is presented –

Comparative distribution of the species compared to the first breeding birds atlas (Iankov, 2007): Breeding locality until 2007 | Breeding locality until 2007, confirmed after 2015 – | New breeding locality after 2015. – The breeding localities after 2015 are identified on a base of raw data from


Breeds predominantly in towns, villages and industrial zones, both in their highly urbanized parts (yards, roadside trees, spaces between the blocks of flats, etc.) and in public parks and gardens, orchards, tree and bush plantations in the settlements or around them, along roadside or riparian strips of trees, sometimes kilometres from populated areas. Rarely breeds on the edges of broad-leaved deciduous forests.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed